Has this ever happened to you?
You’re late for a dentists’ appointment and you can’t find your keys. You tear the house apart looking for them, but they are nowhere to be found?
When someone asks you what you are looking for, they point at the keys right under your nose.
You ask your teen to wash the dishes and they continue to play their video game. You are standing right next to them and they seem not to hear you (this happens during football games, too.)
Actually, there is a reason for both.
Mental Blind spots
Take one minute to write down everything you sense. Everything you see, hear, smell, touch and taste. Just for one minute.
You probably have a long list.
The truth is that a lot goes on around us all the time. If we NOTICED everything (the clock ticking, the refrigerator humming, etc.) we would literally fry our brain.
So, our brains block out everything that is not important to us (like the keys and the instructions to do the dishes) so that we can focus on what IS important. Although lots is going on, we only notice what is important to us.
This is a universal law. It works for everyone.
Who decides what gets noticed and what gets blocked?
Your subconscious mind does not argue with you when you tell it something. It does not analyze it, it merely agrees with you and stores your ideas.
So when you tell your subconscious mind that you hate going to the dentist, it makes every effort to keep you from noticing the things that will get you there (like your keys.) That’s why other people noticed the keys and you did not.
Likewise, the video game is more important to your teens that doing the dishes. That is why their subconscious mind blocked out your instructions. It’s up to you to impress upon your teens how important your instructions truly are.
Hold onto your hat
This is why positive thinking and positive affirmations are so important. If you keep telling yourself that you don’t deserve any better than what you have, your subconscious mind will block out opportunities that are around you that will get you to a better place.
Your subconscious mind does not evaluate what you believe; it simply stores what you believe and focuses your attention on those things around you that reinforce your beliefs.
Positive thinking does not make opportunities materialize. It makes you FOCUS on and NOTICE the opportunities that are around you all along. It is what allows you to see the job opportunity, the for sale sign on your dream house, or notice your future spouse in a crowd.
The KEY to your success is right under your nose. It’s up to you to tell your mind what’s important so that you can find them.